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Police: pickpockets do not pick their victims randomly

A passenger wearing a thick winter coat puts on the hood and headphones gets on a bus, unaware that a pickpocket has already ‘visited’ their pocket. Thieves do not pick their victims randomly – they observe their future victim and pick from the most absent-minded people in the crowd, State Police explains.

Latvia’s retail trade rise in November was more rapid than Europe’s average

In November 2017, retail trade volume in Latvia had increased by 4.8% in comparison with the same month the year before, according to data from Eurostat.

OECD predicts second most rapid wage rise for Latvia among member states

Average wage in Latvia will grow 4.1% this year. This is the second most rapid increase among member states of Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), according to the organisation’s latest predictions.

Latvian State Revenue Service successfully increases tax collection efforts

In 2017, Latvia’s State Revenue Service (SRS) collected 90 million euros more in taxes than it had originally planned, said the institution’s director general Ilze Cīrule in an interview to Rīta Panorāma programme.

Survey: more than 40% of employers plan to increase wages for employees in 2018

In 2018, employers will feel positive changes not only in terms of job offers but also in terms of wage rise. 41% of employers have plans to increase wages for at least some of their employees, according to results of a survey performed by CV-Online Latvia.

De facto: government refuses to reveal the costs of Inčukalns gas storage facility’s shares

Twenty years after the privatization of Inčukalns underground gas storage facility by Latvijas Gāze the state controls it once again. The government has paid a so far unknown amount of money for more than one-third of shares, as reported by De Facto programme of LTV.

Air temperature to decline and precipitation to calm down in Latvia this week

This week, a small precipitation zone will pass through Latvia, bringing snowfall to some areas in Latvia. Wind speed will likely reach 15-17 m/sec (20-23 m/sec along the coast), as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Crisis Management Council declared nation-wide natural catastrophe in Latvia’s forestry

At the end of 2017 the Crisis Management Council declared a nation-wide catastrophe in the country’s forestry, as reported by Agriculture Ministry.

Citadele: businessmen believe grey economy has a tendency to decrease

73% of Latvian businessmen believe the volume of grey economy in their represented industry is either low or non-existent. In addition, the grey economy has a tendency to reduce, according to results of Citadele Index.

Survey: youngsters in Latvia save up money for travel or first mortgage instalment

More than half of Latvian youngsters aged 18 to 25 make savings by diverting an average of EUR 50 every month. Around 60% of youngsters make savings for something specific, such as travel, big purchases or first mortgage instalment, as concluded in SEB Bank’s survey.

Latvian Border Guard to be given right to register data on all people crossing country’s border

The government plans to provide the State Border Guard with the right to register and save information about all persons crossing Latvia’s border, as confirmed by Interior Affairs Ministry.

Colder masses of air to flow into Latvia; snow expected in many areas

On Friday, 5 January, a new cyclone will approach Latvia from the west. Because of that, weather in the country will remain cloudy and rich with precipitation. Most of Latvia will experience rainfall, but some areas may have wet snow as well, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Ex-corruption watchdog: Sudraba and Leja behaved like «oligarch mafia’s extensions» at meeting

Chairperson of Saeima’s Oligarchs case Parliamentary Investigatory Committee Inguna Sudraba and prosecutor Māris Leja behaved like «extensions of oligarch mafia» during the last closed meeting, said former deputy chief of Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (CPCB) and current member of Riga City Council Juta Strīķe.

KVV Liepājas metalurgs’ potential investor given two weeks to consider purchase

The potential investor of insolvent KVV Liepājas metalurgs is given two weeks to consider purchasing the company, says Latvian Economy Minister Arvils Ašeradens.

Number of passengers carried by airBaltic in December up 27%

In December 2017, Latvian airBaltic airline carried 27% or 260,000 more passengers in comparison with the same period of 2016. This is the largest number of carried passengers in December in the airline’s history, according to provisional data from airBaltic.

Adults and children provided with 453 counselling sessions during Christmas

During Christmas, State Child Rights Protection Inspectorate’s trust line 116111 received a total of 469 calls. This trust line was created to assist people – adults and children – with solving different family-related problems.

LRATC invites rural businessmen to apply for participation in «Laukiem būt!» contest

Any active rural businessman is invited to apply for participation in «Laukiem būt!» contest organized by Latvian Rural Advisory and Training Centre (LRATC) and National Rural Network.

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